Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy resigned Sunday, stepping down after the team set a franchise record for losses.
The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin immediately but they have no time frame for making a hire. Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98.
Tracy was promoted from bench coach to manager in May 2009. He was voted the NL Manager of the Year that season after guiding Colorado into the playoffs.
The Rockies went 294-308 under Tracy.
''I was surprised,'' Bill Geivett, the team's director of major league operations, told The Associated Press. ''You know, Jim and I go back a long time. We worked together for three different clubs.
''Basically, Tracy called me and told me his intentions and we talked about a lot of different things, but he had already made up his mind,'' said Geivett, who also worked with Tracy in Montreal and Los Angeles.
Energized by the young players and the challenge of fixing things, Tracy had said re...